For nearly three decades, Accents Salon has turned out dulcet ’dos, mesmerizing nails, and lustrous skin from its location in the historic Old Box Factory building on the Erie Canal. During the deluxe manicure, a nail technician massages, conditions, and soothes mitts with heated lanolin and mellifluous music from a tiny violin before performing a spa pedicure from across the pond. The European spa pedicure plunks little piggies into a whirlpool tub, schools foot bottoms like a professor sporting steel-wool elbow patches, and exfoliates all over with a massage and moisturizer application. Patrons spend a few minutes in a vibrating chair as a skilled staffer kneads out knots in stressed legs and feet. Then, in a final act of restoration, a pampering professional will crop overgrown cuticles and burnish all 20 nails before gussying up digits with OPI polish.
Basin East Salon offers nail, skin and hair care from a team of careful, attentive stylists and nail technicians, each with an average of more than 15 years of industry experience. The two-hour ultimate luxury mani-pedi begins with a lush application of exfoliators and moisturizers designed to prime the epidermal canvas. Then, feet recieve an extra dose of scouring with a salt scrub and mask before an expert technician trims cuticles, shapes, files and buffs nails, and gently massages both the feet and the hands. Finally, a moisturizing paraffin wax and a vibrant coat of OPI nail polish provide the icing on the inedible, yet highly delectable finger-toe creation. Mani-pedi's are available by appointment only; guests must phone ahead to schedule.
The skilled beauticians at Amy’s Nails Plus help visitors maintain their digits’ dignity with relaxing nail services administered amid copper-framed mirrors, pendulant drapery, and wooden bookshelves. During the spa pedicure, beneficiaries recline in cushioned wicker chairs while yielding their feet to a soothing massage that incorporates sea salts, lotion, and serenades from onlooking clouds. After peds are properly softened up, an artist reshapes sawtooth nails and bedecks toe tips with vibrant polish. Guests can also opt for a full set of gel nails, which adds eye-catching length to fingertips so they can fill out roomy falconry gloves. An application of gel nails provides a natural-looking alternative to acrylics and results in little dehydration to the natural nail when removed.
Manhattan native Mia Scofield opened Mia's Nails Creations & Day Spa 16 years ago. Today, her 10-person team of stylists and nail technicians administers a range of beauty and spa services, including manicures and pedicures, haircuts and coloring, waxing, and facials. Mia heightens each experience with warm interior décor, from the lush comforters draping the private spa beds to the soft-blue walls enlivening the light-soaked salon space. Committed to giving back to the community without having to massage every rigid sapling, the spa often shakes up charity auctions by donating various service vouchers.
Meredith Bonifield and the staff at Luna Nail Salon primp and decorate nails with bold designs. They dip them into glittery coatings, adorn them with shimmering stars, and coat them with gel polishes that last up to three weeks. While techs cosset hands and feet, stylists dabble in hair services, and a certified Lavish Lash technician embellishes eyelids with lash extensions. These semipermanent strands last four to six weeks, depending on the life cycle of the client's natural lashes and the clenching power of their eyelid muscles.